Primates in Our Care
At Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Centre in Vietnam we care for rescued endangered primates, rehabilitating them so healthy animals can be released back into the wild.
Many primates arrive malnourished, stressed and in a state of social deprivation. To prepare them physically and mentally for the wild is often essential before they can be released. Luckily some are only recently out of the forest, and can be released relatively quickly. However, others have spent years in captivity, and/or were hunted as babies. For them, it can be many years before they are ready to be released. Every released animal is monitored by expert rangers.
Sadly some individuals can never be returned to the wild, but they are given long-term, quality care in captivity.
Please help support them on their journey
To rebuild the lives of these primates we need your help. You can sponsor an individual primate; providing money to support their care throughout the different stages of their rehabilitation (food, medical care, radio tracking equipment). One third of the money will also be used to provide support for the local community, increasing their awareness of their native primates and helping their livelihoods.
INDIVIDUALS FOR SPONSORSHIP(although if you wish you can support any one of our primates at Dao Tien)
Golden-cheeked Gibbon (Nomascus gabriellae)
Kizzy (Golden-Cheeked Gibbon)
This feisty young lady was just a few months old when she arrived at Dao Tien in November 2012. She had a severe compound fracture on her right arm, probably caused by falling from the canopy when she was captured. She made a full recovery and is now in a semi-forested area completing her Tree Training her best friend Dong (a young male) and adult female Dao who has proved to be an excellent 'big sister' to Kizzy.
Misu (Golden-Cheeked Gibbon)
Rescued from a Vietnamese tourist attraction in 2009, along with two other young gibbons, LimHuyen and Trang. Misu, forming part of the nursery groups, got to grow up in a semi-wild enclosure and is now excellent in the trees. She is a caring gibbon, although, if left out of things, sulks for hours.
Misu now lives with Limhuyen and in June 2014 gave birth in the trees to their first infant, and their second baby at the start of 2017. Savvy. Limhuyen and Misu are excellent parents and good candidates for release.
Duane (Golden-Cheeked Gibbon)
Duane is a young male gibbon confiscated from the illegal pet trade in Central Vietnam. While kept as a pet he was swaddled like a baby for long periods which seriously influenced his movement and also his development. At the cage of 16 months would still not reach out to take food, he had to be hand fed. Now Duane is doing much better, one of the reasons for this is his strong playful busy spirit. Duane never stops, he entertains himself non-stop. Although Duane has had a terrible start as yet he does not display any of the traits that will fail him for release, so we hope he can make it when adult. Our next stage is to give him a friend in little Loc and then a surrogate big sister to show him how life is done in the trees.
Loc (Golden-Cheeked Gibbon)
Loc an infant female gibbon was rescued by a Vietnamese construction worker in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. It is most likely her mother was killed by road construction teams living at the edge of the forest. Loc is a very feisty young female and loves her milk. She also loves to sing and even at an estimated 8 weeks would sing with attitude as the other gibbons at the centre called. As she becomes stronger we hope to introduce her to Duane and when ready to an adult female gibbon in the role of a surrogate big sister/mother. At this point she will be fast tracked to the trees to ensure she does not become too habituated for humans.
Pygmy Loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus) and Bengal slow Loris (Nycticebus bengalensis)
Batman (Pygmy Loris)
Named after his big ears, Batman was severely malnourished when he arrived at Dao Tien in 2012. All of Batman's teeth had been ripped out by hunters before being sold as an illegal pet. This means he can never return him to the wild. This beautiful young male has however, found companionship with an orphaned younger pygmy loris named Hoai. Batman will stay with us, helping out other loris on their rehabilitation journey.
DiDi (Pygmy Loris)
DiDi was rescued in July 2015 from a South-West Province of Vietnam bordering Cambodia. She came with a collar and chain, so tightly connected to her cage she could not move. She is not yet mature but already has one cataract. Behaviourally she is very good, and our staff are helping build her up by catching small lizards for her that she loves. At the moment we are waiting for DNA results from hair samples to establish where she comes from (Vietnam or Cambodia) then we can start a plan to get her back to the forest.
Sven (Bengal slow loris)
Sven arrived at Dao Tien as an adolescent male pygmy loris recently hunted from Phu Yen National Park in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Along with 11 other loris they were transferred to Dao Tien. Sven is a very big cheery male and lives temporarily with a young male called Roo. Roo who is two years old has spent most his life in captivity, initially with his mother and then alone. He has spent no other time in social play, interaction with other loris. It is important that Roo has this education to give him high chances of survival when returned to the wild. So Sven is spending time with Roo, to show him the loris way. Now in the dry season this is a perfect time, as same sexed individuals manically play wrestle for hours. Both will be released next release season.
Duy & Robyn
Duy and Robyn are a male and female pygmy loris confiscated from the illegal trade. Both have different backgrounds. Duy was kept as a pet in Ho Chi Minh City before being confiscated by the Environmental Police. On rescue, Duy was very underweight, with old worn teeth, estimated over 15 years of age. Individuals so old and with a significant time in captivity cannot be released, so we will care for him on Dao Tien.
He has gained beautiful condition and has spent time with two beautiful females, one of which he got pregnant. The female Hanne who became pregnant is doing well with her twins, and we hope to release them. However Duy, an amorous old male did favour the second female Robyn, he would always be found curled up with her.
Robyn can also not be released, she was rescued from a tourist attraction where she had spent over four years hanging in a bird cage on display. Robyn becomes stressed quite easily, when upset she licks herself excessively and becomes all wet. This can be serious and cause the skin to become infected. So we are always careful with Robyn’s care, but most importantly with Duy as her companion she has not displayed any of the stress signs.